The indoor athletic facility at Florida State’s pro day was packed with various NFL front offices, coaching staffs and media members and even some of Jameis Winston’s former coaches, including his former head coach Jimbo Fisher.

The fast talking West Virginia native didn’t have to be prompted very hard to get him talking and praising his former gridiron leader.
“When you meet him you will understand he is a genuine, honest, great person, one of the best – he is one of the best players I coached in regards to being a great teammate, being a great person and affecting the guys on the team in a positive way all the time, he is just a great guy.”

Fisher was asked about how Winston compared to some of the previous quarterbacks he has coached, but the head ball coach didn’t want to make any comparisons with the likes of E.J. Manuel or Christian Ponder, instead sticking to his strong opinion of Winston.

“Jameis has the whole – he is the whole package – he has all of the resources, mentally, physically but also dynamically in leadership and understanding in who he is and how to get guys to play around him. He does as good of a job as I have seen.”

Fisher and Winston had a well documented sideline blowup during the second half of the Rose Bowl game against Oregon, but anyone who watched FSU football for any length of time knows that was par for the course between the two. asked Fisher if that is something that bothered him about Winston.

“Heck no, I love it. I’d coach 100 of them. It was never – we would get into it at practice like that. It was just two great competitive guys and sometimes you raise your voice. I’d take a 1000 of them over the over the guys… I’d rather say ‘whoa’ than ‘giddy up.'”

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6 years ago

This is why Jimbo gets so many players who want to come and play for him.